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NRL 14th Man Award

Discussion in 'NRL' started by Grapple, May 20, 2012.

  1. Grapple

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    I'd like to see something like the NBA's 6th man award. Best bench player of the year. Award the hard work or game changing ability of guys like Mateo, Gillett, Segeyaro, Hinchcliffe or James Graham.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Johns Magic

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    Good idea
     
  3. Haynetrain

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    Sounds good to me
     
  4. Tonearm Terrorwrist

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    Good idea. Needs a better name though.
     
  5. skeepe

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    Allan Langer must be right up there.
     
  6. Grapple

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    Well, the idea of the name is that in Basketball it's stating that he's basically considered an extension of the starting 5. So 14th man would be the obvious name, probably better than Best Bench Player of the year for mine.
     
  7. some11

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    Like that idea a lot, should be a Dally M award.
     
  8. The Joker

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    The John Plath/Craig Wilson medal
     
  9. Grapple

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    Yeah that's a good idea to do it that way, votes per round. Most Valuable Bench Player (MVBP) is probably too close to MVP.
     
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    Shouldn't we just call it the Kurt Gidley award in recognition of his godlike utility value that we always hear about?
     
  11. Haynetrain

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    :lol:
     
  12. Jason Maher

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    He'd waltz it in given his two closest competitors are now in the coach's box.
     
  13. herbert henry1908

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    The Phil Blake award.

    Or the ' super sub of the year'
     
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    The Craig Wing Medal?
     
  15. Cowboys woo

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    A massive fan of this actually. Most of the best players who are on the bench actually do start a few games too so there would have to be some sort of criteria. Maybe play at least 12 games off the bench for your club?
     
  16. ANTiLAG

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    Don't like it. Club teams invariably find a starting position for "super utilities" in the run on side. It is impressive that the likes of Cronk, Gillett, Wing, Blake, Brandy, Hasler, Berrigan, Gidley, even Inglis can perform admirably in many positions, but the reality is when they were consistenly on fire, they invariably force their way into the starting XIII somewhere/anywhere: ala Barba 2010. Unless they're younguns being blooded in a good team and trying to break into a competitive starting lineup- SBW in 04 and Cronk in 04/05.

    And should a specialist prop/second rower who has a great year from the bench as an impact player - eg Sonny Bill in 2004 - really be in line for this award? At the end of the day - he was merely a second rower with some spurts at centre. Same with other bench forwards in teams with strong packs - eg Mannah in '09/'10. In a lesser quality team, they would have been starters in their respective positions. Ditto for Cronk trying to compete with the Orford/Hill combination for a starting spot.

    I say this jokingly, but why not have a Chris Flannery award - too crap in every position to make the starting team barring injury...
     
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    When did Anti-Lag start posting again:nwave:

    We don't have proper awards thing unfortunately, but this is a pretty good idea.
     
  18. DeeJ

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    14th man = best of lot not good enough to make the starting side
     
  19. Lambretta

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    Sounds like a sandwich to me.
     
  20. Penrose Warrior

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    Not necessarily. If we had to pick only 13, Mateo would be in it every time but he's on our bench.
     

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